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Double Mastectomy for Cancer Prevention?

I am Reposting the article from GreenMedInfo.com here on May 15th 2013.  Note – I have been lecturing on the variability of genes and how the DNA in the mitochondria depends greatly on what we think, eat and do in our life.  Here is an article that explains this more in depth in relation to Angelina Jolie’s life choice.  —Dr. Kathleen

Did Angelina Jolie Make A Mistake By Acting On The ‘Breast Cancer Gene’ Theory?

Posted on GreenMedInfo.com, Tuesday, May 14th 2013 at 12:45 pm, Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder, GreenMedInfo.com

The ‘prophylactic’ removal of women’s breasts due to BRCA1/BRCA2 status has become a disturbingly popular trend, and increasingly it is being celebrated in the mainstream media and medical establishments as a reasonable choice. But does the scientific evidence itself refute this approach?

Angelina Jolie’s recent announcement in a New York Times op-ed that she had a ‘prophylactic’ double mastectomy due to her BRCA1/BRCA2 status has disturbing implications, some of which we covered late last year in connection with Allyn Rose, the 24-year old Miss America contestant who announced she would be undergoing a double mastectomy to “prevent” breast cancer.

Beyond the fact that as high-profile celebrities their decisions will affect millions of women’s perception of the procedure, likely making them more accepting of the concept, their decisions also reflect profound misconceptions about gene-mediated disease risk embedded deeply within popular consciousness, from which prevailing medical opinion is hardly immune.

First, there is a common misconception about the role that the so-called breast cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, play in breast cancer disease risk and prognosis. BRCA mutations vary widely by ethnicity and are exceedingly rare in the general population, which is why, as NBCNews.com recently reported, “The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that only women with a strong family history even think about getting a BRCA genetic test –which is only 2 percent of U.S. women.” But even in those in which a BRCA mutation is identified, the genes, in and of themselves, do not alone make the disease.

Despite the commonplace refusal of so-called ‘evidence-based medicine’ to acknowledge the actual evidence of genetics, we moved into a Post-Genomic era over a decade ago following the completion of first draft of the entire human genome in 2000. At that moment, the central dogma of molecular biology – that our DNA controls protein expression, and therefore disease risk – was disproved. Our genome was found to contain roughly 20,000 genetic instructions – not even enough to account for the 100,000 proteins in the human body!

As a result, we must now accept that factors beyond the control of the gene, known as epigenetic factors, and largely determined by a combination of nutrition, psychospiritual states that feed back into our physiology, lifestyle factors, and environmental exposures, constitute as high as 95% of what determines any disease risk. In fact, even the psychological trauma associated with being diagnosed with cancer can drive malignancy via adrenaline-mediated multi-drug resistance,[i] and according to a recent NEJM study, lead up to a 26-fold increased risk of heart-related deaths in the seven days following diagnosis.[ii]

Given this fact, Jolie’s decision to have a bilateral mastectomy in order to excise from her body the breast tissue that contains BRCA1/BRCA2 genes which are known to interfere with the repair of radiation-induced DNA damage, rather than focusing on reducing or eliminating all future radiation exposure from her breasts, or incorporating hundreds of nutritional components experimentally confirmed to protect against radiation and associated genotoxic insults to the breast, reflects a iron clad faith in the inevitability of gene-driven cancer vis-à-vis a fundamentally powerless subject, versus trust in the body’s ability to prevent and heal all disease, assuming it has the right conditions.

Another common misconception is that you either have, or don’t have the “BRACA genes,” as if they were monolithic entities, ascertained with the black and white certainty of a pregnancy test. It is a little known fact that thousands of “mutations” in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have already been identified and characterized on a molecular level, adding much more complexity to the picture than the present level of medical knowledge can claim to convert into compelling statistical risk calculations and actionable treatment recommendations.

These mutations are technically known as gene polymorphisms which are naturally occurring variations of a gene present in more than 1% of the populations. It will come to many as a surprise to learn that some of these so-called “mutations” actually REDUCE the risk of breast cancer. BRCA1 variation K1 183R is related inversely to cancer risk, leading the authors of a review on the topic titled, “The case against BRCA1 and 2 testing,” to conclude: “It seems that some polymorphisms may actually have a protective effect.”[iii] Moreover, research exists showing that BRCA2 mutation carriers and non-carriers have similar breast cancer-specific rates of breast-cancer specific death,[iv] and that although BRCA positive patients have more frequently negative prognostic factors, their prognosis appears to be equal to or better than in patients with normal, also known as wild-type, BRCA.[v]

Another concerning blind spot in the framing of Jolie’s decision is that approximately 70,000 breast cancers (31% of annual breast cancers diagnoses) are misdiagnosed by the vast breast cancer ‘awareness’ and treatment complex each year.[vi] These are not just so-called “zero stage” breast cancers such as Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS), which arguably should be reclassified as non-cancerous normal variations in breast morphology, but 50% are known as early-stage “invasive” breast cancers [view NEJM study video analysis here].

How many of these women, having received a mammography-detected diagnosis of breast cancer and then a follow up BRCA test, believed that the gene must have therefore “caused” the “cancer”? The popularization of this crude way of understanding natural, sometimes self-limiting variations in breast morphology as cases of “breast cancer” is itself a malignancy that should be prevented and treated with healthy doses of the very ‘evidence’ that the so-called ‘evidence-based’ medical system claims to possess as a differentiating factor from other, more ancient, plant- and nutrition-based medical traditions.

Last November, an article published in NEJM found that 1.3 million US women were overdiagnosed and overtreated for so-called “breast cancer” in the past 30 years. These were screen-detected abnormal breast findings that would never have progressed to cause harm in the women in which they were diagnosed. These women, while essentially iatrogenic victims of medicine, being given standard treatment options, including mastectomy, lumpectomy, radiation, chemotherapy, were considered statistically as “survivors” whose lives were saved by the medical establishment, and these cases further inflated the statistics to make it appear that conventional treatment interventions are far more effective than they actually are.

Given these facts, Jolie’s decision conceals a dark side that she, like millions of other American women, are completely unaware of. For example, look at the soaring stock response of Myriad Genetics, the patent-holders of the human genes BRCA1/BRCA2, soon after Jolie’s announcement in this Yahoo Finance article published today: Myriad Genetics Shares Climb After Angelina Jolie Has Mastectomy.

The Utah-based company, contrary to popular opinion, owns patents on your BRCA genes (men have them too). And not only that, as a recent Slate article explains:

[Myriad Genetics] claims to own the rights to any test for the presence of the two critical genes associated with breast cancer, and it has ruthlessly enforced that right, though their test is inferior to one that Yale University was willing to provide at much lower cost. The consequences have been tragic: Thorough, affordable testing that identifies high-risk patients saves lives. Blocking such testing costs lives. Myriad is a true example of an American corporation for which profit trumps all other values, including the value of human life itself.

Given the fact that powerful, profit-driven corporations stand to reap profound financial benefit from the propagation of an oversimplified gene-driven theory of breast cancer susceptibility, we must be cautious in jumping on the mainstream media and medical bandwagon by viewing Jolie’s increasingly popular decision uncritically. Consider also that women who undergo these mastectomies often opt for breast implants which themselves have been linked to cancer, as we discussed in our article from last year, “Implanted: The Myth of the Cancer-Free Breast Implant,” and which only recently were linked to more aggressive breast cancer, and lower breast cancer survival rates.

What we want is the truth when it comes to understanding breast cancer risk, its natural history, and what preventive and therapeutic steps should be employed to reduce its progression and associated suffering. Unfortunately, however, the breast cancer industry’s influence stretches from academia to government, from KFC buckets of fried chicken to Smith & Wesson’s pink ribbon-branded fire arms. All the more important to read between the lines, and remember that we alone are responsible for educating ourselves, so that a truly informed choice is made possible.

Please use our breast cancer health guide for direct access to the peer-reviewed and published research on natural and integrative breast health interventions: Health Guide: Breast Cancer

Resources
[i] GreenMedinfo.com, Stress Hormones Found To Make Cancer Resistant To Treatment
[ii] GreenMedInfo.com, Research: Some Diagnoses Can Kill You Quicker Than The Cancer
[iii] Cheryl Lin, Tina Sasaki, Aaron Strumwasser, Alden Harken. The case against BRCA 1 and 2 testing. Surgery. 2011 Jun ;149(6):731-4. PMID: 21621683
[iv] Mario Budroni, Rosaria Cesaraccio, Vincenzo Coviello, Ornelia Sechi, Daniela Pirino, Antonio Cossu, Francesco Tanda, Marina Pisano, Grazia Palomba, Giuseppe Palmieri. Role of BRCA2 mutation status on overall survival among breast cancer patients from Sardinia. BMC Cancer. 2009 ;9:62. Epub 2009 Feb 20. PMID: 19232099
[v] Andrea Veronesi, Clelia de Giacomi, Maria D Magri, Davide Lombardi, Martina Zanetti, Cristina Scuderi, Riccardo Dolcetti, Alessandra Viel, Diana Crivellari, Ettore Bidoli, Mauro Boiocchi. Familial breast cancer: characteristics and outcome of BRCA 1-2 positive and negative cases. BMC Cancer. 2005 ;5:70. Epub 2005 Jul 4. PMID: 15996267
[vi] New England Journal of Medicine, Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence

Graham Nash’s Gift to Veterans: Gallery Show Opening Night

Last night Graham Nash was superb at his opening at Gallery 169. It was the largest crowd they had ever had–just off the beach at PCH and Channel Road in Santa Monica.  Graham’s photographic assemblages were sometimes beautiful,  sometimes disturbing. They have a strong political content which reflects Graham’s concern about our crazy planet.  And his desire for solutions as reflected in his interest in my Veterans’ Stress Release CDs which will benefit from the proceeds of his art show.

One of the goals of these Cellular Meditation Stress Release CDs  is to melt the interior walls of the automatic brain.  My repetitive brain function is stuck in certain patterns, often based on fears of various intensities.  Many of these fear patterns are lifelong, from childhood.  As I outgrew some, I grew into new ones, so the pattern of living in a fear dynamic was set.  Some fears were attached to my youth; now new ones are connected to getting old! Worries, agendas, concerns, that become so habitual, they become familiar sign posts that represent ME, or my little prison that I have become attached to.

Veterans’ Stress Release CDs cover many of these issues and pull me into a joyful NOW. They get me used to just being present and learning to see joy around me instead of fear.  Even listening to them in the car affects my conscious brain, while listening to them in a dark room, sitting or lying down takes me deeper on an excursion of this whole body full of brains… More anon…

Veterans and PTSD

PTSD has been known by different labels in past wars. In the Civil War, it was called “Soldier’s Heart.” There is an excellent organization by that name on the East Coast which helps Veteran sufferers.  In World War II, they called it “Shell Shock.”  Finally, today PTSD is considered an actual disease syndrome.  It is pandemic among our returning warriors and we need to address this problem.  Drugs can give temporary relief but they are not the final answer.  A recent New York Times article attests to the downside of such pharmaceutical approaches.  We need to provide other modalities and therapies.

“Stress Release for Veterans” CDs I and II is a self-help adjunct to conventional and complementary approaches.  It provides a whole developmental track for the healing process because the relaxation affirmations do sink into the psyche upon repeated listening.  It is clear common sense and cognitive & behavioral advice to help individuals with PTSD to recognize and release trauma-related thoughts and beliefs.

There are many ways for the conscious mind to access and modify depressed or anxious states.  Sufferers see the relationships between thoughts and feelings and can practice new ways of perceiving their situation.  They learn to recognize any negative self-talk and the triggers that set off bad feelings and memories. Deeper self-observation exposes their “hot buttons.” Most of all, they connect with their entire body’s network of feel-good hormones until a new baseline of wellbeing pervades their mental and emotional outlook.

 When coupled with acupuncture, there is a huge shift possible.  Acupuncture enduces the relaxing endorphins, dopamine and seratonin.  In the graphic below, we see the dopamine jumping across and binding to receptors and then returning to the original neuron through the uptake pump. Veterans with PTSD improve considerably.

The PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulator has also been shown to affect mental and emotional imbalances.  The Mayo Clinic was the first U.S. medical facility to study PEMF in 2002, and offered it for treatment after FDA approval was granted in 2008.  Columbia Univ. Dept. of Psychology has done a study on PEMF and depersonalization disorder (DPD).  Cedars Sinai did a depression study at the Thalian Mental Health Center in 1998.  The greatest amount of studies  of  PEMF and depression has been done in Israel.

These are all non-invasive modalities that have been shown to treat many conditions without harmful side effects, alone or in conjunction with other conventional remedies.  Acupuncture, PEMF, and stress release meditation can access the deeper roots of energy imbalance so that the recovery is deeper and longer lasting.  The body’s intelligence is tapped and reinforced.  We can then begin to trust the trillions of cells’ brains and emotional centers to reintegrate the Whole of the Body/Mind…

Graham Nash’s Gift to Veterans

 Famed singer/songwriter Graham Nash is having an exhibit of his photographic collages– of social/political content– at the Gallery 169 in Santa Monica, at 169 Channel Rd at Chatauqua and PCH. The opening is on September 1st and it will run into October. Graham will donate part of the proceeds to support my Veterans Stress Release CD Project for veterans with PTSD.  I will be donating them to veterans through the Veterans for Peace organization.   Graham has already written an endorsement for my CDs:  “I am against war, but I support efforts like these CDs that support the men and women who are fighting for us.”

Graham is a mensch.

The CDs include practical advice, guided imagery & focused breath sensation to help normalize biochemical imbalances, reprogram negative patterns, release endorphins, achieve emotional readjustment— with innovative self-help exercises to improve focus and wellbeing.  Initially designed for everybody and titled Cellular Meditation, also available, I added material about the military experience to create a separate version for veterans. Two selections are available for listening on my website (currently being updated) CellularMeditation.com.   

Cellular Meditation is about getting endorphins, our own feel-good chemicals into ALL THE CELLS–ALL THE BRAINS– OF THE BODY–sensing them from inside via our breath. Since we are 99.9% pure air and energy, we can finally taste our real make-up.  Based on physiology and neurochemistry,  I try to guide the listener to better understand the power we have over our own thoughts and emotions.  Science now validates the conscious mind’s ability to alter neuro-peptides.  

The CDs are an adjunct to acupuncture as a program for releasing deep-seated anxiety and depression through a combination of

 1) Acupuncture treatment especially in the ear— an outcropping of the brain, and thus a way to access the brain centers.  

2) Pulsed Electro-magnetic Field Stimulator (PEMF) FDA approved for treating depression.

3) Deep-state endorphin release, achieved through herbs, specialized massage, breathing/sensation techniques, verbal programming, and other modalities.      Acupuncture point combinations have been discovered for opening up frozen chakras–stimulating bio-energy frequencies that can help “teach” traumatized cells how to unlearn most dysfunctional reactions and states such as fear, demoralization, inflammation, toxification, and overall systems blockage.  This treatment affects trauma, anxiety and depression, by helping to dissipate intracellular energy trauma and revitalize subcellular metabolism.      

More importantly, it is possible to heal ancestral, genetic emotional trauma—the psychic pain that we have inherited from generations of suppression. Genetic studies reveal that we still carry the emotional scars of our forefathers in the DNA of our mitochondria.  This DNA, in contrast to the DNA in our cellular nuclei, is in fact accessible and re-programmable.  This is a huge breakthrough in our understanding of the alterability of our genetic make-up.  (It must be added that we also carry the DNA from a previous era when our ancestors built open cities, not fortresses— and sharing, not conflict, was the order of the day. Will we ever return to that era of abundance for all? 

T’is my prayer…

Brain Body Bliss Blog Launch

I am launching my Brain Body Bliss Blog today in order to share with others the knowledge and strategies that I have gathered over the many decades since we launched the first Acupuncture clinic in the country (at UCLA in 1973).  This blog is dedicated to helping others connect with their 70 trillion little brains–the cells that fill their body, each with an intelligence, a consciousness, and an emotional center.  We can alleviate both physical and emotional pain since they are so interconnected in every cell.

Acupuncture, massage, and PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) stimulation regenerate and rejuvenate cell tissue and stimulate the receptor sites in every cell to induce the production of the feel-good chemicals–endorphins and dopamine.  We can FEEL healthy and BE healthy—and HAPPY! Naturally!!

At my website CellularMeditation.com, you can listen to two excerpts of my stress release CDs to see how You can influence your physical and emotional state just by exploring these trillions of cells and interior communities on your own–letting your mind travel on the magic carpet of your breath.  Practical techniques make it easy! Check it out and my other website AcupunctureBelair.net.

Til next time!

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